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Tarbat Discovery Centre Pictish Local Heritage Museum & Gift Shop

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Last season we had an exhibition of images by professional photographer Alan Bovil, of the WW1 and WW2 gun emplacements at Nigg.

Alan Bovill

Photographic Exhibition

The Laird’s Loft Theatre houses the main audio-visual programme. Sit back and take a journey through time, as we show you what life would have been like when Tarbat was a busy medieval settlement.


The theatre also doubles as an 'out of hours' events room and may be used for temporary displays or exhibitions.


The Laird’s Loft

The Activity Room has user-friendly touch screens which make learning more about the centre's displays fun, helping both children and adults alike get the most from their visit. Extremely easy to use they also will give you information of more general historic interest.

Activity Room

The treasury hosts the Pictish carvings and many other finds, including the Viking Silver Horde.


Here you can marvel at the sheer beauty of the medieval stonework and read in depth accounts of the many rare items uncovered at the site.

The Treasury

The Crypt at the Tarbat Discovery Centre is a barrel-vaulted, ancient sacred space with appropriate solemnity.


You will find out how, in late medieval times, it was the site of an infamous local atrocity.

The Crypt

Denis Buczynski lives near Portmahomack and is a member of the British Astronomical Association. He has his very own observatory, where he regularly scans the night sky and takes amazing photographs. Some of which will be on display at Tarbat Discovery Centre in the coming season.

Inside Our Museum

St. Colman's Gallery is dedicated to the life and people of Tarbat in more recent times.


Find out how the local community has developed over the ages, adapting to the tremendous change which has taken place in the rural communities of northern Scotland and how the arrival of modern industries has affected the the local population.

St. Colman’s Gallery

The Shop and West End show off the fine architecture of the Discovery Centre. The shop stocks a fine selection of gifts and beautiful, locally manufactured craft goods, to remind you of your visit.


West End and the Shop